DOOMSHINE - The Piper At The Gates Of Doom

Doomshine - The Piper At The Gates Of Doom

10 songs
73:10 minutes
***** **


Southern German band Doomshine truly does its name justice, and the album title (clever pun, by the way) is another hint that we are in the presence of followers of acts like Candlemass, Solitude Aeturnus and Trouble. Just as slow-paced as their music is also their work ethics, as The Piper At The Gates Of Doom came out exactly six years after their debut Thy Kingdom Come.

The album starts with brooding bass sounds, giving the impression that Doomshine are not about to lose their calm. Nevertheless the songs contain surprisingly many pace changes, which guarantees the necessary variety such a long work needs. Next to more classic doom tracks, you’ll also find more melancholic sounds as on the long Doomshine Serenade, some symphonic elements on Cold Cypher Ceven. The Crow Pilot shows the band from a quieter side and even flirts marginally with kitsch, although this doesn’t actually disturb. Only three tracks are less than six minutes long, and it’s on these shorter pieces where we get a more dynamic, sometimes even rocking feeling. The album closes with the magnificent, nearly ten minute long Godhunter which makes for an epic conclusion of The Piper At The Gates Of Doom. Timmy Holz’s very expressive voice shows parallels to legendary doom vocalist Messiah Marcolin.

Even though Doomshine have doubtlessly put a lot of effort into their music, with the songwriting showing at times real depth, they can’t prevent certain lengths and repetitions starting in the second half. Less would have definitely been more in this case. Fans of traditional doom metal should still be able discover the one or other gem on this record.

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